Understanding International Relations / Edition 4

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Overview

The fourth edition of this well-established and popular text has been fully updated to take account of developments in the field of International Relations and recent world events. The authors provide systematic coverage of the classical concerns of International Relations theory - power, national interest, foreign policy and war - alongside analysis of the impact of globalization on security, governance and the world economy. A central concern throughout is to show how the theories the authors outline and assess can help make sense of the puzzle of current world events, from the rise of Russia and China, the downturn in the world economy and the changing role of America, to the challenges of identify politics and human rights.

Clear and accessible, but also critical and penetrating, Understanding International Relations provides a uniquely readable and thought-provoking introduction to the theory and practice of international relations.

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Brown (international relations, London School of Economics) presents the second edition of this introductory-level university textbook. All chapters have been revised and updated, some substantially. New coverage includes a short history of international relations theory in the 20th century; an overview of contemporary theory, including constructivism and other post-positivist movements; Gramscian international political economy; and the new issues brought about with globalization<-->democratic peace, cultural diversity, the international human rights regime and the emerging doctrine of humanitarian intervention; and the importance of new information and communication technologies. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"It is entirely characteristic that Chris Brown's text is unlike anybody else's; it is equally characteristic that it is written with a zest, a pace and a sense of fun that is sadly missing from much of the discipline as a whole. Students - and their teachers - will gain a great deal from it. They will also have a good time!" - N.J. Rengger, Political Studies

"Understanding International Relations is a very appealing book... The text succeeds in giving a clear account of all the main theoretical possibilities and, in a non-judgemental but not uncritical way, setting them in context... I can think of no book more likely to succeed in persuading a sceptical undergraduate - someone convinced of the existence of a self-evident world of facts - that not only is a knowledge of theory necessary to understand international relations, but it is fun." - James Mayall, Review of International Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230213111
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 4/28/2009
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 891,371
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

CHRIS BROWN is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.

KIRSTEN AINLEY is Lecturer in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : defining international relations 1
2 The development of international relations theory in the twentieth century 19
3 International relations theory today 40
4 The state and foreign policy 63
5 Power and security 80
6 The balance of power and war 97
7 Global governance 116
8 The global economy 141
9 Globalization 164
10 The international politics of identity 185
11 International relations and the individual : human rights, humanitarian law and humanitarian war 207
12 US hegemony and world order 232
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